St Fergus pupils learn conservation message at Lighthouse Museum

ST FERGUS P5/6 PUPILS AT THE SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM IN FRASERBURGH WITH A MODEL OF THE BELL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE WHICH THEY BUILT FROM POLYSTYRENE BLOCKS.(D BROWN)
ST FERGUS P5/6 PUPILS AT THE SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM IN FRASERBURGH WITH A MODEL OF THE BELL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE WHICH THEY BUILT FROM POLYSTYRENE BLOCKS.(D BROWN)

Fresh from the success of a joint schools venture with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is announcing its plans to work together with a number of partners to deliver fun and exciting sessions to schools.

The museum recently collaborated with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society to deliver a day of activities for St Fergus Primary School.

The children teamed up with dolphin researchers to look out for whales and dolphins from the lighthouse. They also learnt all about lighthouses, and had a go at building one in the middle of a room.

“The day was a fantastic opportunity to work with the lighthouse museum to offer St. Fergus Primary School a varied programme of activities with a focus on local conservation, commented Alison Jordan, Education Officer for WDCS.

“The museum is a great place to watch for dolphins from, making it the ideal location to teach children about these amazing animals.”

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is keen to encourage schools to visit and take advantage of its new interactive Lighthouse session.

Tested at Techfest in September the active learning session covers materials, numeracy, science, light, and design all in one lighthouse story. The session can be booked as part of a normal visit and is suitable for all primary ages.

The museum is also happy to work in partnership with as many different organisations to give schools the change to customise their visit to Kinnaird Head.

“We know that schools have less time and money these days, so we want to offer the opportunity to do two things in one trip” said director Virginia Mayes-Wright.

On March 14, 15 and 18, the museum will be running school sessions with Aberdeenshire Council’s Ranger Service and the Buchan Countryside Group.

As part of National Science & Engineering Week, schools can come and learn all about communication.

“Both animals and lighthouses use non-verbal forms of communication,” explained Virginia. “Communication is the theme of this year’s National Science & Engineering Week, and these sessions show how a theme can cut across traditional topics”.

For further information about the school session, to book a school visit in March contact 01346 511022 or email info@lighthousemuseum.org.uk.

For more information about the WDCS Education programme please contact Alison Jordan on 01343 820 339 or email education.scotland@wdcs.org